Application & Requirements

The Application

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at beginning in late January, the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for the submission of applications and all application materials is generally mid-September and will be stated on the VMCAS website. The deadline for the 2020-2021 application cycle is September 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

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Transcripts must be submitted to VMCAS from all institutions attended. This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework or AP credits. AP credits must either appear on your official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework or your institution's Registrar's Office must provide us with an AP Certification listing the AP credit and the equivalent college-level course it fulfilled. If AP credits are not listed on your official transcript, contact your institution's Registrar's Office to have an AP Certification sent to

Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. If coursework from one institution is listed as "transfer coursework" from another institution, the official transcript from the transfer institution must be sent to VMCAS as well.

Transcripts sent directly to MSU CVM will not be evaluated as a part of your application. Late transcripts will not be accepted. 

If you are taking courses during summer 2020, wait until summer grades are posted before sending transcripts to VMCAS. VMCAS will only verify your transcripts one time during the admissions cycle. 

For information regarding VMCAS, click here.

Entrance Requirements

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Course Requirements

We require the below prerequisites for entry into our DVM program. Although all prerequisites do not have to be completed by the time of application submission, it is highly encouraged. If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years, the student must update their coursework by completing 12 semester hours of advanced/upper-level science or math courses within the last 5 years prior to matriculation into the DVM program. Exceptions may be made for applicants working in a clinical or research setting. 

Applicants with questions regarding the courses taken or offered at their undergraduate institution that satisfy the prerequisites should complete the prerequisite substitution form and email it to

Prerequisite Substitution/Fulfillment Form

Communications - 6 semester hours

Course Total Hours
Writing (English composition is suggested) 3 semester hours
Speech (Public speaking or oral communications is preferred) 3 semester hours
A junior- or senior-level technical writing course may substitute if it includes an oral communication component  

Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts - 15 semester hours

Any combination of courses in the below categories such as:

  • psychology
  • economics
  • music appreciation
  • history

A list of what MSU considers Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts can be found here.

Math - 6 semester hours

College algebra is minimum level

Biological Sciences - 8 semester hours

Biological science courses with labs for science majors

Microbiology - 4 semester hours

Microbiology course with lab for science majors

General Chemistry - 8 semester hours

General or inorganic chemistry courses with labs for science majors

Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours

Organic chemistry courses with labs for science majors

Biochemistry - 3 semester hours

Biochemistry courses taken at the junior or senior level (3000 or 4000)

Physics - 6 semester hours

Physics courses may be trigonometry-based or calculus-based, labs not required

Advanced Science/Math Electives - 12 semester hours

Advanced science elective courses refer to junior-, senior-, and/or graduate-level courses.

Examples include upper-level courses in these areas:

  • Animal Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative anatomy
  • Comparative Zoology
  • Differential Equations
  • Embryology
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Parasitology
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Other Science-Based Subjects

The same advanced science elective cannot be used to satisfy another required prerequisite. Advanced science elective courses refer to junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses that are typically numbered 3000, 4000, or higher.

*Science courses must be completed or updated within 5 calendar years of the anticipated date of enrollment.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLORs) are required as a part of the admissions process. The VMCAS application allows each applicant to submit the names and email addresses of evaluators. At least one of the evaluators must be a veterinarian. 

    We recommend registering your evaluators as soon as possible to allow them an ample amount of time to complete your eLOR. Evaluators are strongly encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation which reflects the rubric evaluation completed in addition to the letter.

    Additional recommendations beyond the three required will not be considered in the admissions process. eLORS are to be submitted electronically to VMCAS (not MSU CVM) by September 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No recommendations will be accepted after this deadline.

    Hint: when selecting evaluators be sure to choose individuals who know you well enough to elaborate on your experience, motivation and dedication. Then follow up with them to be sure they have correctly submitted the materials to VMCAS.

    Standardized Testing

    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) is not required for admission consideration. An applicant whose primary language is not English is required to submit either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required to be considered for the doctor of veterinary medicine program.

    Supplemental Application Processing Fee

    In addition to the VMCAS application, MSU CVM requires a supplemental processing fee of $60 to offset direct application expenses. More information and instructions may be found HERE or on the MSU CVM VMCAS homepage.